by Adam Martin
A clash of rising welterweights is set to take place in the new year.
According to Fighter’s Only, Matt Riddle will take on Brit Che Mills at UFC on FUEL TV 7, which takes place Feb. 16 at Wembley Arena in London, England.
The fight has yet to be confirmed by the UFC, however Fighter’s Only is usually very reliable so expect this fight to be made official soon.
Riddle, who is 7-3, 1 NC in his MMA and UFC career (all of his pro fights have taken place in the Octagon), had been looking for a fight with Brit Dan Hardy, but when Hardy wouldn’t take the fight, Riddle turned his attention to another Brit, John Hathaway. However, the UFC decided that instead they’ll make him up with Mills, who is on a bit of a roll himself.
Mills is 15-5, 1 NC in his MMA career, including a 2-1 mark in the UFC. He’s coming off the biggest win of his career over Duane Ludwig back at UFC on FUEL TV 5, and looks to keep the momentum going against Riddle, who himself is coming off a victory over yet another Brit, John Maguire.
If you’re asking why the UFC keeps matching up Riddle with British fighters, it’s simple really.
Back at UFC 105, Riddle fought Nick Osipczak, losing via third-round TKO. After Riddle’s victory at UFC 149 over Franciso Rivera (which was later turned into a no contest because Riddle tested positive for marijuana metabolites), he told a story about how an English fan – who he called a “butter-toothed Brit” – spit in his mouth as he was leaving the arena following the loss to Osipczak. That’s when Riddle called out Hardy, but Hardy, who is higher in the rankings than Riddle, didn’t want to take a fight he deemed as a downgrade in competition, so instead Riddle will get to take his frustration out on Mills.
Riddle vs. Mills is an interesting style matchup, considering Riddle is an excellent grappler and Mills is a top-notch striker. If the fight goes to the ground then it’s likely Riddle will be able to hold down Mills in top position for 15 minutes or possibly even score a submission, but if the bout stays on the feet it’s possible that Mills gets a finish despite Riddle having a very good chin.
No word yet on what other matchups are going to be on this UFC on FUEL TV 7 card, but it’s possible that Brits like Hardy, Hathaway, Paul Sass, and Jimi Manuwa will all be on the card. Depending on how deep the card gets, Riddle vs. Mills is likely to be featured on the main card, and it should be a very fun fight.
What are your thoughts?